“We will be relentless in everything
we do this year,” Wells said. “The only way I know
how to be successful is from old-fashioned hard work. There
will be times when things don’t go our way, or adversity
stares us in the face. By being relentless, hopefully we can
overcome whatever obstacles we are challenged with, whether
it has to do with basketball, academics, family, or personal
Speed starts in the backcourt, and HPU boasts 10 guards in this
year’s lineup. Three of them are at the point position.
Kevin Schneider of Phoenix provides leadership and valuable Division
I experience. David Moore comes from tradition-rich Kalaheo High,
and his quickness and athleticism will prove invaluable to the
full-court press. Freshman Johan Rivera of Puerto Rico brings
an all-around game to the team and is characterized by Wells
as a “floor general.”
The two-guard position is where HPU’s versatility will
truly shine. Joseph Ison of Baltimore also brings Division I
experience to the squad and is described by Wells as “one
of the most athletic players in all of Division II basketball.”
Ryan Walker of Fountain, Colo., last season’s most improved
player, brings both an accurate shot and the highest GPA to the
Sea Warrior’s lineup.
Ryan is our most improved player from last season. His ability
to shoot the ball makes him a valuable asset. He has worked very
hard to increase his athleticism as well,” said Wells.
Borko Popic hails from Ontario and has a high IQ in relation
to the team’s offense. Felix Gartner is a speedy guard
from Germany who has an uncompromising work ethic.
Finis Harwell from Saginaw, Mich., looks to produce big numbers
in his senior season. The 6-3 Harwell started 22 games last season,
averaging 9.3 points per game while shooting 43 percent from
the field. He also averaged 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per
We look for Finis to have a great senior season because of his
dedication and hard work in the off season,” said Wells. “He
has the ability to score and he understands the game very well.”
Adam Reinking of Austin has an edge against opponents due to
his versatility. Kevin Smith of Alexandria, Ky. rounds out the
guard position, bringing a history of winning from Bishop Brossart
The forward position at HPU should create an interesting dynamic
on both offense and defense. Adam Snyder from Rocklin, Calif.
doubles as an inside-outside player who can shoot the three and
haunt the backboards. The 6-6 junior can score around the basket
and also shoot the ball from long range.
Adam is a skilled inside-outside player who can shoot the three
while also being crafty in the paint. He’s the guy on our
team who does the dirty work,” said Wells.
Senior Derek Noyes (Denver) returns to the Sea Warrior team after
sitting out last season with a shoulder injury. Noyes, who was
granted an extra season by the NCAA, will provide some help at
Derek returns after his year off bigger, faster, and stronger,” said
Wells. “He will definitely provide us with some versatility
Brandon Lee hails from Merrillville, Ind., and according to Wells
has a good work ethic and even better attitude. Rick Wilson,
also from Saginaw, brings strength to the frontcourt and has
a nose for the basket.
Both centerpieces of HPU’s basketball lineup pose double
threats on the offensive end, and can do the dirty work of rebounding.
Audrius Peciukas is the most experienced player on HPU’s
basketball team. The senior from Joniskis, Lithuania is expected
to have an all-conference season. The former all-conference performer
returns as the leading scorer and rebounder from last season,
when he averaged 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. He also led the
team in three-point field-goal percentage at 50 percent (15-30).
Jarrod Davis hails from Bates City, Mo., and has the ability
to be a very active post player, while being skilled enough to
step away from the basket.
Jarrod has the ability to be a very solid post player who can
step away from the basket as well,” said Wells. “He
has been picking up our system very well and will contribute
valuable minutes to our team.”
The first game of the season is against the Schofield Military
at the Mid-Pacific Institute on Nov. 9. The first game to be
played at the Neal Blaisdell Center is against California Baptist
University on Dec. 6.